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Lazy Houston Rockets get destroyed by Blazers – Player Grades

Feb 6, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (12) is guarded by Portland Trail Blazers forward Meyers Leonard (11) in the second quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 6, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (12) is guarded by Portland Trail Blazers forward Meyers Leonard (11) in the second quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports
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Lazy Houston Rockets get destroyed by Blazers – Player Grades

With their fancy Lunar New Year Jerseys the Houston Rockets hosted the Blazers at the Toyota Center with both teams looking to improve in the always tough Western Conference.

Before the game even started James Harden was presented with his NBA All Star Jersey by Rockets’ Ceo Tad Brown!

Much like what happened in the game against the Phoenix Suns, the Rockets started the game slow and bumpy, commiting a lot of turnovers and fouls (even though a lot of those fouls were somewhat dubious).

While Portland focused mostly on shots from the perimeter and Damian Lilard and C.J. McColum’s drives to the basket, the Rockets tried to use Howard on the post in order to take advantage of Mason Plumlee.

Until Halftime the Rockets played disgusting amateurish basketball. Nevertheless they exceptionally managed to get worse (!) in the second half and at one point the Blazers lead was 32 points.

34. . 79. 169. 96

Eventually the Rockets tried one last run with five minutes left in the game but it was too little too late.

Here are the Player Grades

Rockets Player Grades

B-. <a href=. SF. Houston Rockets. TREVOR ARIZA

COREY BREWER. C. It’s undeniable that <a href=. SG. Houston Rockets

B. <a href=. C. Houston Rockets. DWIGHT HOWARD

B-. <a href=. SG. Houston Rockets. JAMES HARDEN

One could have easily forgotten that <a href=. PG. Houston Rockets. PATRICK BEVERLEY. F

Best (?) Reserve

MARCUS THORNTON. F. <a href=. F. Houston Rockets

Best Opponent:

A. Portland Trail Blazers starting lineup sole survivor from last year, <a href=. G. Portland Trail Blazers. DAMIAN LILLARD

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